Research focuses on: LIS as a discipline, the nature of information, understanding documents, and information behaviour. Broader scholarly and teaching interests are drawn from art, science, technology and philosophy. They include: information history and philosophy, information ethics, and the consequences of emerging technologies (e.g. mobile and pervasive computing, multisensory information communication, VR, AR, mixed reality and AI), for the processes of documentation.
My formal, academic background is in science, computing, and information science. I studied for my PhD at UCL SLAIS (now Dept. Information Studies), looking at communication of information within the field of toxicology. I have professional experience in project management, learning and teaching, curriculum design and academic leadership.
I have personal interests in fashion, performance, cultmedia fandom, art and photography.
Before joining City University in 2004, I travelled extensively within Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, whilst working for the Open Society Institute. My role was to promote open culture by working on projects relating to: publishing programmes for local resources; organisation of access to national and international resources; establishment of national training centres for information literacy.
I worked for many years with ASLIB, the Association for Information Management, developing and presenting CPD courses on information technologies, including: the internet, finding and evaluating information resources, online searching, internet search tools and social media.
In even earlier times, I worked at University College London as a laboratory assistant, and as a programmer, and at the British Postgraduate Medical Federation as information manager. Before that, I was employed by Derwent Publications as an editor.